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Irkeshtam border crossing

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|map = <map lat='39.68' lng='73.895845' zoom='11' view='0' float='right' />
|type = Mountain pass (3005m)
|motorway = {{European Route NumberE|60}}
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'''Irkeshtam''' is a small village in the southeast of [[Kyrgyzstan]]. It is the end of the European Route number 60 ({{European Route NumberE|60}}). The border to [[China]] is the second important [[border crossing]] from Kyrgyzstan to China.
[[File:Irkeshtam_Village.jpg|thumb|left|Irkeshtam Village]]
'''[[Irkeshtam Pass]]'''
The Irkeshtam Pass is one of the major border crossings to China and belong to the network of the [[silk road]]. It is also the eastern end of the {{European Route NumberE|60}}. Road contidions are quite good (the chises keep improoving it as of October 2010), but the border formalities can be a bit tricky. For example it is not allowed for kyrgyz cars to cross. So you have to change at the border into a chinese vehicle. The border is opened during the day only and it is CLOSED on the weekends. The pass is approached from the city of [[Osh]] via [[Sary Tash]] on the kyrgyz side and from [[Kashgar]] via [[Ulugqat]] in the [[Xinjiang]] province from the chinese side. The road from Sary Tash to Irkeshtam is famous for road accidents because the pavement is in poor condition or not existing - but the scenery is fantastic (if weather conditions are good you can see Pik Lenin(7,134m))
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